Austin Startup Week 2021 Austin Startup Week 2021

Fundraising Track

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

- CDT
Fundraising Track Opening Remarks
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Scott Craig (He/Him)
Scott Craig (He/Him)
Latham & Watkins, Partner

Join Jake O'Shea, Director of Platform at Capital Factory, as we kick off the FundraisingTrack.

- CDT
Texas Startup Fundraising in 2021: A Record-Breaking Year
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Kerry Rupp (She/Her)
Kerry Rupp (She/Her)
True Wealth Ventures, General Partner
Eric Engineer (He/Him)
Eric Engineer (He/Him)
S3 Ventures, Venture Partner
Krishna Srinivasan (He/Him)
Krishna Srinivasan (He/Him)
LiveOak Venture Partners, Founding Partner
Thomas Ball (He/Him)
Thomas Ball (He/Him)
Next Coast Ventures, Co-Founder and Managing Director
Kip McClanahan (He/Him)
Kip McClanahan (He/Him)
SILVERTON PARTNERS, GP

2021 is smashing records for start-up financings in Texas. Hear from partners at some of the most active VC firms in Austin, as they discuss changes in the local market and tips for founders planning to fundraise this year.  

- CDT
Founder Fireside Chat
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Scott Craig (He/Him)
Scott Craig (He/Him)
Latham & Watkins, Partner
Lauren Washington (She/Her)
Lauren Washington (She/Her)
Fundr, Cofounder and CEO
Sarah Puil (She/Her)
Sarah Puil (She/Her)
BOXT, Founder + CEO
Katherine Allen (She/Her)
Katherine Allen (She/Her)
Flo Recruit, Co-Founder, CEO

Join us as we sit down with experienced founders to dive into the critical lessons learned during their fundraising journeys, including what advice they would share with first time founders.  

- CDT
Founders and Funders: The Fundraising Gap
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Lisa Besserman (She/Her)
Lisa Besserman (She/Her)
expa, Managing Director
Bre Cruickshank (She/Her)
Bre Cruickshank (She/Her)
Radical Girl Gang, CEO
Janice Omadeke (She/Her)
Janice Omadeke (She/Her)
The Mentor Method, CEO and Founder
Heather Buffo (She/Her)
Heather Buffo (She/Her)
Republic, Venture Growth & Partnerships Lead
Holly Tachovsky (She/Her)
Holly Tachovsky (She/Her)
ISO, Chief Innovation Officer

According to Techrunch, women-founded startups deliver 62% higher ROI, generate twice as much revenue per dollar invested, and take one full year less time to exit. In the past five years, VC investments in women-owned tech companies increased steadily. However, once COVID hit, and investors retreated to their referral networks and “safe investments’’, VC funding for women shrunk drastically. Crunchbase data show more than 800 female-founded startups globally received a total of $4.9 billion in venture funding in 2020, through mid-December, representing a 27% decrease over the same period.

If we invest in women at the same rate that we invest in men, this could boost the global economy by up to $5 trillion. Many 2020-2021 portfolios are missing that opportunity. In this panel we will hear from founders and funders who will discuss how the presumption of “investment safety” not only stunts ROI but is a district barrier to equity efforts.